MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted President Donald Trump for blowing up a possible deal with Democratic congressional leaders on tax reform with a petulant tweet — and suggested a possible reason he’s “spinning out of control.”
The White House spent the rest of the day insisting the “weird” tweet was part of a strategic outreach to his base.
Scarborough, however, thinks the president is worried about another bombshell report coming out of the special counsel’s Russia probe.
“There’s a lot of chatter that something big, a shoe must be about to drop,” he said, “because Donald Trump usually seems to freak out and start spinning out of control like this, attacking CNN, attacking us — oh, by the way, good morning, Donald — attacking everybody in sight right before a shoe is about to drop.”
The “Morning Joe” host asked the Associated Press Washington bureau chief what the president might be worried about.
“The shoe they are waiting to drop is Mike Flynn, that last week over Thanksgiving, there was more fuel added to that fire when it became public that Flynn’s legal team no longer talking to the White House legal team about the Russia investigation,” said the AP’s Julie Pace.
“Ever since Paul Manafort and Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos were indicted,” Pace continued, “this has been the fear in this White House, because Mike Flynn is someone who crosses over the three really crucial periods of time for this president, as relates to the Russia investigation — the campaign, the transition and those early days in the administration. So whether that’s going to happen or not, I don’t know about Flynn, but that is the fear inside the White House right now.”
Trump fired back with a tweet calling for an investigation into the 2001 death of an intern to Joe Scarborough who was a GOP congressman at the time.
So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
Trump was referencing Lori Klausutis, 28-year-old office staffer who worked for Scarborough when he was a representative from Florida. Klausutis was found dead in July 2001.
Scarborough on Wednesday said he would not offer a retort to Trump’s attacks against him on Twitter.
Looks like I picked a good day to stop responding to Trump's bizarre tweets. He is not well. https://t.co/XJhW5ZHNfs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) November 29, 2017